ELECTIONS 2022/Assailant of Taipei City Council candidate released on NT$50,000 bail

11/24/2022 09:09 PM
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New Party Taipei City Council candidate Lin Chieh-li lies on the ground when people around her tended to her injury in in Zhongshan District on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of a private contributor
New Party Taipei City Council candidate Lin Chieh-li lies on the ground when people around her tended to her injury in in Zhongshan District on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of a private contributor

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) A 25-year old man who was arrested on Wednesday for assaulting New Party Taipei City Council candidate Lin Chieh-li (林婕麗) has been released on NT$50,000 (US$1,613.66) bail, according to prosecutors.

Lin was campaigning outside Zhongshan precinct's Dazhi police station on Wednesday morning when she was violently assaulted by the man surnamed Chang (張).

A press release from the New Party revealed that Lin sustained a concussion, cranial hemorrhaging and a fracture to her right scapula, causing immobility in her arm.

While Lin was rushed to Mackay Memorial Hospital for treatment, Chang was arrested at the scene by police.

The assailant claimed he attacked Lin because he was in a foul mood after drinking alcohol and arguing with his ex girlfriend on Tuesday evening, police said.

He was further irritated by the noise from Lin's campaigning, which Chang claimed prompted the attack, police added.

Chang was transferred to the Taipei District Prosecutors' Office Wednesday afternoon for further questioning, where he was released on bail that same night, for crimes including the violation of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act.

In response to the incident, Minister of Justice Tsai Ching-hsiang (蔡清祥) said the authorities will do their best to prevent violence during the elections and investigate any and all related crimes.

(By Wang Cheng-chung, Chen Chun-hua, Lin Chang-shun, Huang Li-yun and James Lo)

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